JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of May 16


After creeping back to normality, we now appear to be hurtling in that direction (at least those of us who are vaccinated). How do we know? For one thing, the Centurion Show opens in Phoenix next weekend (woot woot!). If, however, you’re still easing your way back into the world, take solace—this week’s virtual offerings, from a men’s jewelry webinar hosted by Fellows Auctioneers to a “perfect your elevator pitch” session from WJA, are as enticing as ever.


The Jewelry District, Episode 44; Ongoing

Jewelry District logoIn the latest episode of JCK’s The Jewelry District podcast, editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates discuss the jewelry industry’s digital future, from 3D printing directly in precious metals to NFT diamonds. They conclude by talking about Tiffany & Co.’s new diamond engagement rings for men and how the sanctions against Burma will impact the gem trade.


Bonhams New York Jewels: May 19, 11 a.m. ET (in person)

Cartier Kingfisher Brooch
Cartier Kingfisher brooch, circa 1960, with oval-shape opal, pavé-set single-cut diamonds, circular-cut ruby, calibré-cut emeralds and sapphires, and round brilliant-cut diamond in 18k gold; est. $30,000–$50,000

A superb late-19th-century Kashmir sapphire ring; a delightful Kingfisher brooch by Cartier, circa 1960; matching square-shape emerald brooches totaling nearly 100 cts.—the New York Jewels sale at Bonhams is a literal treasure trove of the past century’s greatest jewelry hits. Don’t miss the wild “Dragons Among Clouds” necklace of lapis, white jade, and ruby made by David Webb in the 1970s and worn by style-setter Rachel Zoe to the Met’s Costume Institute Gala in 2012.


Fellows Auctioneers’ The Jewelled Man Webinar: May 23, 1 p.m. ET (online)

Jewelled ManRachel Church, a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will review perceptions of men’s jewelry over time, from the middle ages through modern day, with an eye to how ideas about male adornment have intersected with class to create the changing image of the jeweled man. A ticket to join the live event on Zoom costs £5 (about $7). Or you can listen to the post-recording (at a cost of £3, or $4.20).

WJA NY Metro’s “Perfect Your Elevator Pitch” Event, Round 2: May 20, 7 p.m. ET (online)

WJA Elevator PitchBack by popular demand, this professional development event by WJA’s NY Metro chapter will help you distill your expertise and credentials into a spiel short and sweet enough to share with someone during an elevator ride. Attendees will also have an opportunity to practice with peers and mentors in breakout sessions.

The Centurion Show in Phoenix: May 22–26 (in person)

Omi Sapphire Earrings
Platinum and black rhodium earrings with 1.36 cts. t.w. round sapphires, 0.28 ct. t.w. round sapphire accents, and 0.33 ct. t.w. round diamonds, $14,000; Omi Privé

It’s on! The Centurion Show welcomes attendees to the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix on Saturday, ushering in four days of safe and socially distanced 20th anniversary celebrations that include golf and tennis tournaments, entertaining evening performances (the opening dinner event on Sunday features mentalists Antonina and David), and—oh yeah!—heaps of beautiful fine jewels.

The Miami Jewelry School’s Ultimate Platinum Bench Workshop: May 22–23, $950 (in person)

The Miami Jewelry School kicks off the first of three Platinum Bench Workshops on Saturday. The sessions are geared to professional jewelers who want to learn more about platinum and its alloys, as well as bench jewelers who want to fine-tune their platinum skills. Anyone interested in attending should email support@miamijewelryschool.com to request a spot. (Additional workshops are scheduled for June 26–27 and July 31–Aug. 1.)

Top: Khartoum II Ring in 18k gold with 7 cts. t.w. Muzo emeralds, £10,850 ($15,293); Khiry x Muzo

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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